Lee’s Four Word Thursday – 3/30/17

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A two-week-old Little Penguin rests against a stuffed animal in an incubator at the Cincinnati Zoo

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“For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.” (Hebrews 5:13 KJV)

A two-week-old Little Penguin rests against a stuffed animal in an incubator at the Cincinnati Zoo

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Lee’s Three Word Wednesday – 3/29/17

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Band-tailed Manakin (Pipra fasciicauda) by ©AGrosset

I AM ASHAMED

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“And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.” (Ezra 9:6 KJV)

Band-tailed Manakin (Pipra fasciicauda) by ©AGrosset

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Lee’s Two Word Tuesday – 3/28/17

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I Been Bad - Time Out - Photo by Lee at LPZ

CORRECT ME

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O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.” (Jeremiah 10:24 KJV)

“I Been Bad” – Time Out – Photo by Lee at LPZoo

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Lee’s One Word Monday – 3/27/17

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Common Loon (Gavia immer) with young by Raymond Barlow

RIGHTEOUS

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“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” (Psalms 37:25 KJV)

Common Loon (Gavia immer) with young by Raymond Barlow

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Lee’s Seven Word Sunday – 3/26/17

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Brown-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus) by Nikhil Devasar

DO ALL THINGS WITHOUT

MURMURINGS AND DISPUTINGS

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Do all things without murmurings and disputings:” (Philippians 2:14 KJV)

Brown-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus) by Nikhil Devasar

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Sunday Inspiration – Loons and Penguins

Now here’s a combination for you. We finished up that large five family Galliformes Order last Sunday, and today we have two Orders with only one family each. Both of those families are small in number. The Loons and Penguins are not related, but they do both have the same Great Creator. They just happen to be next to each other in the Taxonomy List. I mentioned that they are not related, but looking at these two photos, you can see why their Orders are next to one another.

Common (Gavia immer) face ©USFWS

King Penguins head close-up

King Penguins head close-up

Loons are in the Gaviiformes Order which only has one family, the Gaviidae, containing only five members of that family.

The loon, the size of a large duck or small goose, resembles these birds in shape when swimming. Like ducks and geese but unlike coots (which are Rallidae) and grebes (Podicipedidae), the loon’s toes are connected by webbing. The bird may be confused with cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae), which are not too distant relatives of divers and like them are heavy set birds whose bellies – unlike those of ducks and geese – are submerged when swimming. Flying loons resemble plump geese with seagulls’ wings that are relatively small in proportion to the bulky body. The bird points its head slightly upwards during swimming, but less so than cormorants. In flight the head droops more than in similar aquatic birds.

Common Loon (Gavia immer) by J Fenton

Male and female loons have identical plumage. Plumage is largely patterned black-and-white in summer, with grey on the head and neck in some species. All have a white belly. This resembles many sea-ducks (Merginae) – notably the smaller goldeneyes (Bucephala) – but is distinct from most cormorants which rarely have white feathers, and if so usually as large rounded patches rather than delicate patterns. All species of divers have a spear-shaped bill.

Males are larger on average, but relative size is only apparent when the male and female are together.

Pacific Loon(Gavia pacifica) ©USFWS

In winter plumage is dark grey above, with some indistinct lighter mottling on the wings, and a white chin, throat and underside. The species can then be distinguished by certain features, such as size and colour of head, neck, back and bill, but often reliable identification of wintering divers is difficult even for experts – particularly as the smaller immature birds look similar to winter-plumage adults, making size an unreliable means of identification.

King Penguins – head on her shoulder

Penguins, which belong to the Spheniscidae Family and Sphenisciformes. Their family has eighteen (18) species to adore. We, Dan and I, have been able to see penguins at various zoo, but many of those have them displayed in a way that is difficult to get good photos. Ian and these other photographer are able to travel to where penguins live and are able to see and take their pictures in the wild.

Penguins are a group of aquatic, flightless birds. They live almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere, with only one species, the Galapagos penguin, found north of the equator. Highly adapted for life in the water, penguins have countershaded dark and white plumage, and their wings function as flippers. Most penguins feed on krill, fish, squid and other forms of sealife caught while swimming underwater. They spend about half of their lives on land and half in the oceans.

Emperor with egg on feet ©WikiC

Emperor with egg on feet ©WikiC

Although almost all penguin species are native to the Southern Hemisphere, they are not found only in cold climates, such as Antarctica. In fact, only a few species of penguin live so far south. Several species are found in the temperate zone, and one species, the Galápagos penguin, lives near the equator.

The largest living species is the emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri): on average adults are about 1.1 m (3 ft 7 in) tall and weigh 35 kg (77 lb) or more. The smallest penguin species is the little blue penguin (Eudyptula minor), also known as the fairy penguin, which stands around 40 cm (16 in) tall and weighs 1 kg (2.2 lb). Among extant penguins, larger penguins inhabit colder regions, while smaller penguins are generally found in temperate or even tropical climates (see also Bergmann’s rule). Some prehistoric species attained enormous sizes, becoming as tall or as heavy as an adult human. These were not restricted to Antarctic regions; on the contrary, subantarctic regions harboured high diversity, and at least one giant penguin occurred in a region around 2,000 km south of the equator, in a climate decidedly warmer than today. [Wikipedia, with editing]

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We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:” (2 Peter 1:19 KJV)


“Day Star” – With Pastor Smith and Reagan Osborne
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SPHENISCIFORMES – Penguins Order

Spheniscidae – Penguins Family

GAVIIFORMES – Loons Order

Gaviidae – Loons Family

Wordless Birds

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Lee’s Six Word Saturday – 3/25/17

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Little Blue Heron searching at S Lake Howard Park by Lee

WHEN YE SHALL SEARCH FOR ME

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“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 KJV)

Little Blue Heron searching at S Lake Howard Park by Lee

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Lee’s Five Word Friday – 3/24/17

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Green-tailed Sunbird (Aethopyga nipalensis) by Peter Ericsson

WHOM YE SHINE AS LIGHTS

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That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; (Philippians 2:15 KJV)

Green-tailed Sunbird (Aethopyga nipalensis) by Peter Ericsson

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Lee’s Four Word Thursday – 3/23/17

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Siamese Fireback (Lophura diardi) at Wings of Asia by Lee

WITH MOST INTENSE EARNESTNESS

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“[And we] continue to pray especially and with most intense earnestness night and day that we may see you face to face and mend and make good whatever may be imperfect and lacking in your faith.” (1 Thessalonians 3:10 AMP)

Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?” (1 Thessalonians 3:10 KJV)

Siamese Fireback (Lophura diardi) at Wings of Asia by Lee

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Lee’s Three Word Wednesday – 3/22/17

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Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impejanus) ©WikiC

DAZZLES THE EYES

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“A bribe is like a bright, precious stone that dazzles the eyes and affects the mind of him who gives it; [as if by magic] he prospers, whichever way he turns.” (Proverbs 17:8 AMP)

Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impejanus) ©WikiC

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Tiniest Owl in the World – Elf Owl

Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi) ©WikiC

“And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl,” (Leviticus 11:17 KJV)

Here is an interesting Podcast from the Audubon Society you might enjoy listening to.

Meet the Tiniest Owl in the World

Native to the American Southwest, Elf Owls are slightly larger than a soda can, but that doesn’t stop them from being determined predators….

http://www.audubon.org/news/meet-tiniest-owl-world

Click the link to this to the article and then listen to the audio.

“The little owl, and the great owl, and the swan,” (Deuteronomy 14:16 KJV)

Birds of the Bible – Owls

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Lee’s Two Word Tuesday – 3/21/17

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Cabot's Tragopan (Tragopan caboti) Head Feathers ©WikiC

OUTWARD APPEARANCE

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“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 KJV)

Cabot’s Tragopan (Tragopan caboti) Head Feathers ©WikiC

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